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Indiana Lawyer Interviews Cordell & Cordell Attorney Jason Hopper about Arrears and Age of Emancipation

Jason Hopper Wall Street JournalIndianapolis Divorce Lawyer Jason Hopper was featured extensively in an Indiana Lawyer article regarding prospective changes to the state’s age of emancipation law.

Many Indiana fathers have unknowingly been accumulating child support arrears after assuming their duty to pay support ends with the child’s 18th birthday when in fact the age of emancipation is 21 in Indiana. A proposed bill would lower the age of emancipation for minors from 21 to 19.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many prospective clients that I interview that have the displeasure of finding out that they have a child support arrearage,” Hopper told the newspaper.

The issue is particularly troublesome to wealthier clients who can accumulate substantial arrearages quickly if they miss a few payments. Since those child support payers who owe more than $15,000 face felony charges and up to eight years in prison, Hopper said high-income dads are at greater jeopardy of facing punishment simply because they’re paying a higher dollar amount in support.

The article “Bill Would Change Child Support Statute” is for subscribers only, but it can be read by signing up for a free 8-week trial. Read Jason Hopper’s bio for more information.

Indiana Lawyer‘s interest in reporting Mr. Hopper’s insight into this timely issue is indicative of the respect earned by the Cordell & Cordell law firm and its skilled divorce lawyers. With more than 20 years experience representing men’s interests in divorce and domestic litigation matters, Cordell & Cordell continually proves it is a partner men can count on.

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Indiana county wants more civil divorces

Judges in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, are considering adopting divorce rules that are intended to make the proceedings more civil.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that the proposals for the Tippecanoe County Rules of Family Law are based on a “cooperative model,” which has been successfully deployed in other parts of the state.

“Parent conflict can tear a family apart,” Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Thomas Busch told the news source. “This is to keep the children from suffering. In order to achieve that, we have to get parents to work together. We have to come up with ways to solve conflict so that it is in the best interest of children.”

The Associated Press reports that the rules would try to prevent divorcing couples from bringing everyone into the court room or trying to have the other party found guilty of contempt.

However, the chairman of the Tippecanoe County Bar Association told the AP that such changes would likely require more paperwork and thus increase the expense of divorce for many clients.

A more amicable divorce may also benefit divorcing parties in addition to the children.